City of Houston proposes Safe Passing Ordinance

The City of Houston Public Safety Committee discussed a proposed Safe Passing Ordinance (pdf) on April 10, 2013, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Houston is the only large Texas city without a Safe Passing Ordinance, according to the City of Houston presentation (pdf) by City Attorney David M. Feldman.

A Safe Passing Ordinance “requires motor vehicles to maintain a safe distance for passing or trailing vulnerable road users: 3 feet required while passing; 6 feet required while trailing [and to] vacate the lane in which the vulnerable road user is located if the highway has two or more marked lanes running in the same direction and such action can be taken safely,” according to the presentation.

The Houston Chronicle asked in a blog post if the City should pass the ordinance leading to a lengthy debate in the comments.

The City of Houston is asking people to comment on the proposed Safe Passing Ordinance online.

The Houston Coalition for Complete Streets has called for passage of a Safe Passing Ordinance by the City of Houston as part of our 15 point plan to begin making Houston streets safe for all users.

Fox 26 news covered the proposed ordinance for Houston Bike to Work Day:
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